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Palace Theatre (1898 - 1955) (Attercliffe)



The Palace Theatre in Attercliffe, Sheffield opened on 3 January 1898 as the Alhambra Theatre of Varieties, operated by the MacNaghten Vaudeville Circuit. In 1904 it was renamed Attercliffe Palace Theatre and continued presenting a programme of variety and music hall acts. By 1909, as it became customary at the time, it incorporated moving pictures to its repertoire of entertainments and continued operating until 1911 when it changed its name once again to Palace of Varieties.

The Palace of Varieties survived World War One and continued operating although with declining audiences until 1930 when it closed for a comprehensive refurbishment and later that year reopened as a cinema. Still true to its roots, the Palace continued presenting the occasional variety act from time to time until 1937. In 1937 The theatre’s business changed again from showing movies to presenting theatre plays. This continued throughout the following decade, until in 1955 it closed its doors for the last time. After becoming derelict the theatre was demolished in 1962.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Palace Theatre Attercliffe Poster, Week commencing 16 August c1930 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38.9
Scope and Contents

Frank H. Fortescue’s The Housing Scream with Wal Butler comedian, The Margo Ladies troupe of dancers, Handby Celeine Trio skating act, Three Sports, Reg Adair B.B.C. baritone, Rita Pace soprano, the Palace Orchestra under the direction of Mr Joseph Goodair, The Famous Jerry Builders, Nita Dene & Charlie O’Brien, entertainers. Red and blue type on white and yellow background with red borders around each act. Printed by George Allen theatrical printer, Brimington, Chesterfield.

Dates: Week commencing 16 August c1930 - 1939

Posters, c1920 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38
Scope and Contents

British theatre posters presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1920 - 1939

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Acrobats 2
Animals 2
Business 1
Circus 1
Clowning 2